Diss student’s ‘wheelie-good’ idea will decorate town in time for cyclathon

Holly Dawson has organised an exhibition of bicycles in Diss later this year

Pictured: Joy Holden, Robbie Sunderland, Felix Tooth, Holly Dawson, Phoebe Court and Emily Darrall ANL-161105-172647009

Holly Dawson has organised an exhibition of bicycles in Diss later this year Pictured: Joy Holden, Robbie Sunderland, Felix Tooth, Holly Dawson, Phoebe Court and Emily Darrall ANL-161105-172647009

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A Diss High School student’s wheelie-good idea will brighten up the town later next month.

Sixth form student and town resident Holly Dawson, 16, has organised a public exhibition of decorated bike wheels, in conjunction with the Diss Cyclathon on Sunday, June 19.

We went round and asked all the shops in the Heritage Triangle and Mere Street if we could display the wheels in their windows, and that got a good response

Holly Dawson

Inspired by an image of a sculpture made from bike wheels in Norway, she came up with the idea as part of her studies to attain the Gold Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification.

About 40 people have committed to decorating a bicycle wheel. They will be proudly displayed in shop windows around the town between June 12 and 26, also encompassing the Diss Carnival.

Holly, who said she hopes to study chemistry at university, told the Diss Express she was excited at the prospect of her project taking pride and place in the town this summer.

“We did not think it would be as popular as it has been at the start of the project,” she said.

“It seemed to pick up quite quickly and lots of people came to me, asking to do a wheel.

“We went round and asked all the shops in the Heritage Triangle and Mere Street if we could display the wheels in their windows, and that got a good response.

“Most of the independent shops in Diss were up for it.”

There will also be a map provided, allowing people to follow the trail of designs around the town.

Holly has been attending the Diss Corn Hall Arts Award Group, on and off, for the past five years.

It is open to young people aged between 11 and 19.

Holly added: “Quite a lot of people know about the project already and I really didn’t think it would be this big.

“It’s really exciting.”

Diss Corn Hall is a registered arts award centre, with groups currently being held at DesignerMakers 21 in St Nicholas Street while Corn Hall renovations take place.

For more information on the Diss Corn Hall Arts Award Group, visit www.disscornhall.co.uk/artsaward.php

And for more information on the Diss Cyclathon, visit www.disscyclathon.org